I cut my teeth on the classics and evolved to prefer Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, & Anne Rice. I'm a fan of all things macabre. I enjoy all manner of movies, but really enjoy romances, horror, & thrillers. Tarantino and Carpenter are high on my list of favorite directors. I also play roller derby under the name Morticia At-ems, and have a horror-hostess alter-ego, Ravena Vlad. I love being in front of the camera. I also enjoy gardening, hiking, scuba diving, collecting tattoos, and moon-gazing. I'm a lifelong pagan and enjoy broadening my mind. I am not a film expert, which will be apparent when you read my articles. Instead, I focus on telling how the film impacts the viewer emotionally, intellectually, and, if possible, spiritually - the visceral approach.

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Two Americans looking to strike it rich learn the hard way that greed gets no man ahead, and this story drives that point home like sand before a strong northern wind. (more…)

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Sometimes you feel like a thriller about aliens invading the planet…but other times you feel like a horror film about a murderer who kidnaps people and takes them to a secret lair. Why not have both? Dan Trachtenberg’s 2016 release combines the best (or worst) of both worlds in a successful attempt to keep the viewer on the edge of their seat with suspense. (more…)

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If ever there was a beautiful tale of the little guy making a big difference, The African Queen surely fits the bill. Shot in Technicolor, this 1951 adaptation of C.S. Forester’s novel of the same name is a gorgeous adventure in duty, struggle, and love when least expected. From the beautifully lush opening to the end scene, this film is full of the visual delights found on location in Africa, where the majority of the movie was filmed.

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In Vichy France-controlled Martinique, you make a living any way you can. For him, that meant renting out his boat to tourists and refugees. For her, that meant charming her way right into men’s minds and wallets. Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart pair up for the first time in this 1944 production directed by Howard Hawks and adapted for the screen from Hemingway’s novel by William Faulkner and James Furthman. (more…)

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Deemed the greatest screenplay ever written, this 1942 classic film noir is hard to dismiss as one of the greatest movies ever made. Be aware that, due to the age of the movie, spoilers are inherent to this review. Honestly, if you have not watched Casablanca, I strongly encourage you to do so before you read this, or any, review of it. (more…)

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Some stories will always resonate with the soul. Set against a backdrop of the Civil War, Cold Mountain (2003) is a powerfully touching tale of a war-torn country and the effects war has on a microcosm – in this case, the love of two people who have barely begun their lives together before being swept apart by the universe. Written and directed for the screen by Anthony Minghella, the film adaptation is based on the novel by Charles Frazier and won an Oscar for Renee Zellweger for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. (more…)

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This 1950 film noir thriller directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame literally kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire first and second viewings. This role was said to be the closest to the real Bogie that any of his characters ever came. If so, Bogie was one very complex and difficult man, though none the worse for that. (more…)

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Clue (1985)

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Producer: Debra Hill

Screenplay: Jonathan Lynn

Cast: Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mrs. Peacock (Eilenn Brennan), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Wadsworth the Butler (Tim Curry), Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), Yvette the Maid (Colleen Camp)

A stormy night rages while a group of strangers converge on a dark and mysterious mansion. Nobody understands why they’ve been invited to a party here, and everyone has been instructed to remain cloaked in the pseudonyms assigned them by their “unknown host”. As if this opening isn’t enough to hook the viewer, the tale gets ever more curious as the story unfolds. As the tagline says, “it’s not just a game anymore”. (more…)